FAQs

Read our FAQs about healing with Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro, Peyote, Magic Mushrooms and more

Please note that these facts are provided for informational purposes only, and you should always contact your shaman and/or retreat center in case that you have any doubts or questions. Neither the author nor the publisher holds any responsibility whatsoever for physical, psychological, or social consequences resulting from the ingestion of these substances or their derivatives. Furthermore, we do not advocate any illegal activity whatsoever.

Basics

The word entheogen means 'generating the divine within'. Entheogens are also called plant teachers - plants which teach us thing. Entheogens are a psychoactive substances or plants mostly used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context. Entheogens can supplement many diverse practices for transcendence, and revelation, including meditation, psychonautics, psychedelic and visionary art, psychedelic therapy, and yoga.

Throughout history entheogens have been used in a ritualized context for thousands of years. Their religious significance is well established in anthropological and modern evidences.What kinds of plants or chemicals fall into the category of entheogen is a matter of debate. Here on openmindtrips.com we refer to plants such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro, Peyote and psilocybin Mushrooms. Other examples of traditional entheogens include:  uncured tobacco, cannabis, Salvia divinorum, Ipomoea tricolor, and Amanita muscaria.

More broadly, the term entheogen is used to refer to any psychoactive substances when used for their religious or spiritual effects, whether or not in a formal religious or traditional structure. This terminology is often chosen to contrast with recreational use of the same substances.

Source: Wikipedia

This site can be used to find and locate people and places that offer ceremonies and retreats with entheogens. We wish to help improve the information flow and enhance the transparency within this field so that seekers of entheogens can easily and effectively find what they are looking for.
No, we are not offering any ceremonies or retreats ourselves, but merely connecting you with those who does.

FAQs about dealing with entheogens

Yes! You should always check with your shaman and/or retreat centers, since entheogens can interfere with your medications. Please note that some of those self-proclaimed shamans are not familiar with western medications, which is why you should always double check by doing your own research or seek advice from your doctor.
Dealing with entheogens should never be taken lightly. In the wrong circumstances, with the wrong mixture or handling, there is a possibility that the teacher plants can exacerbate psychotic issues. Furthermore, is it recommended not to work with entheogens if you are affected by chronic heart conditions, severe high blood pressure, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, suicidal tendencies or other psychiatric/dissociative conditions. You should always check with the shaman and Retreat Center, since only proper candidates should participate in ceremonies. Beware that there are many self-proclaimed shamans out there, and dealing with the teacher plants in the wrong way can be dangerous. We advise you to do your own thorough research and/or seek medical advice from your doctor.
Returning to ‘the real world’ can be quite a transformation after having attended a healing/retreat. You should therefore take care of yourself and of your body. It is normal to be sensitive to food, sounds and surroundings. You should therefore try to surround yourself with positiveness and be gentle to your body. Life sometimes include hardship and challenges, and in these times you can always try to recall what you have learned during your healing ceremony and/or retreat, and bring the bliss and love back into life.
An important and natural factor when working with the teacher plants is the purges. Purges happen during and/or after a ceremony, and they are our body’s way of cleansing and healing itself. Negative energy is sometimes stored within us, and purging is the releasing of this energy. During a healing it is therefore natural for your body, mind and spirit to purge, and even though you might be a bit hesitant about it, you should accept and allow it every time in order to make the healing flow. You can and may experience purging in several ways, both on a physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual level, but it is not necessary for the healing to take place.

On a physical level purging can consist of defecating, vomiting, burping, shaking, chills, rapid heartbeat or sweating, purging on the emotional level it can consist of crying, laughing, feeling fear and/or anger. On a mental level the purges can be experienced as mental spinning and/or the experience of having random thoughts. Lastly, on a spiritual level the purges can consist of the ability to see, hear and feel the spiritual realm.

Experiencing fear and anxiety during ceremony is sometimes referred to as having a bad trip. Dealing with entheogens can be a very foreign experience for us, and sometimes we can get caught up in the fear. This is the time where the shaman can assists you and guide you through it. Some shamans guide and help more than others, since it is also very important for you to know and learn that you can heal yourself. Healing yourself often happens when you overcome the fear, which we believe is always possible, though it can be hard. The level of fear you can feel might be foreign to you, since it is designed to push you towards your goal. Healing happens on the other side of fear, which is why the entheogens sometimes ‘push’ us into the fear. If you want to lessen the fear and anxiety, you can always start by asking the plant to help you. Furthermore you can make use of several techniques such as breathing calmly and grounding yourself, and if you are lying down, try to sit up if your shaman recommends you to. If you feel you are in too deep and you need help, you should always ask for it.
Most people recommend you do not eat meat or spices, drink alcohols or take drugs well in advance of taking part of a healing ceremony. We recommend you to always check thoroughly with your shaman when it comes to dieting when working with the different plants.
The effects of the mother wine last from 4 to 6 hours depending on the brew. For San Pedro healings the effects last for quite some time, mostly from 6 to 17 hours. Peyote ranges from about 2 to 5 hours, while the effects of Iboga can last for 24 hours or more.
Healing with entheogens is clearly not for everyone. The experience can be very intense and overwhelming. Still the power of these teacher plants can help your body, mind and spirit heal in profound ways. If you are in any doubt as to whether this experience is for you, we advise you to contact the retreat center that you find best suited for you needs.
It is always recommended to bring a friend with you to a retreat or a ceremony.
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